Here's a nice story about how community works around here. As many of you already know, the playground equipment at Monkey Island was retired by the city last year with no plan to replace it. A group of neighbors in the area felt the playground was critical as a spot for neighbors of all ages to meet, talk and play, so they organized. They reached out to the city and to our Foundation to help find a solution. Led by an area parent, Deanna Seppanen, our group got the city to provide most of the landscaping and construction costs, then began a fundraising campaign to cover the equipment costs. 

This effort was helped immensely by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR Foundation, who read about it in the Bugle and donated $10,000 to the cause. Sunrise Banks, Monkey Island, Inc., the StAP Community Foundation and many generous neighbors also helped reach the goal. Work began this summer and now we have a lovely new playground that will be dedicated on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30pm. Treats and refreshments will be provided by Tim & Tom's Speedy Market. A big thanks to everyone who lent a hand, especially Deanna, who kept it all moving forward. Please join us on the 15th and see the lovely new space. 

It happened because neighbors organized. It happened because the city was willing to find a way to make it work. It happened because our institutions and businesses stepped forward. It happened because St. Anthony Park believes in supporting those institutions, businesses and initiatives that make a community strong. 


Make an Important Difference
the deadline for applicants who want to run for a district council board seat is Oct. 12. There is a lot happening now and coming up in the future, so you will be guaranteed lively conversations about important issues. Call Amy at 649-5992.

Crime Stats
The St. Paul Police send out monthly crime stats broken down by neighborhood and in light of the flurry of reports of burglaries, etc. I decided to take a look. Overall, we are the safest neighborhood in St. Paul after Summit Hill if you only count total incidents reported. We did have 20 burglaries and 80 thefts, which seems a bit high to me, but without researching past reports, I can't tell you whether it's an increase or not. There are other variants as well, including whether all crimes go reported, but the number is high enough to remind us of the need to pay attention. If you see suspicious activity, call the Ramsey County dispatch line at 651-291-1111, they'll connect you with the right authority.

Joy of the People Community Meeting
As part of this Thursday's 7pm D12 monthly board meeting, St. Paul Parks & Rec will solicit community feedback about Joy of the People's use of the SSA facility. This is a regularly required meeting to make sure JOTP is living up to its lease agreement. If you have questions or want to show support, drop by the SSA Rec Center. My own personal view is that they are running a great program that is bursting at the seams with participants from our neighborhood and beyond.


Como High - Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Homecoming Parade & Picnic this Saturday. Contact Jill Kottke at the Como Booster Club.

Avalon - Kevin Ward needs 20 copies of The Shining by Stephen King, 16 copies of What is the What, by Dave Eggers and up to 117 more copies of Of Mice and Men. If you have any of these, drop them off at the school at 700 Glendale Ave, just south of Raymond & University.


Oktoberfest at Alden Square
Join neighbors for a potluck at 4pm, Oct. 12. You can also register your opinion in a survey about Raymond Ave. as part of the Friendly Streets Initiative. Hot dogs, s'more fixings and fire pit provided. Alden Square is nestled just south of the BP Station down Brewster.

Community Sing Oct. 21
Meet at 6:30pm at the Luther Seminary Olsen Campus Center for socializing and treats, then launch into full-throated abandon from 7-8:30pm. 9 out of 10 doctors recommend it for a healthier life.

That's all for now. Take care of yourself and be a good neighbor.